Balance = A state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces. Because I will probably have to explain this, Balance means the above. In this statement, cancellation does not mean elimination. It means cancelled by contrast. This is obvious by the inclusion of words like equilibrium and parity. How would you argue that the non-force using evil beings are an equal opposing force to the force using Jedi? Only the Sith are an equal opposing force to the Jedi. Either Lucas is using the term balance without understanding it's meaning, or he's just confused as I stated earlier. With the Sith wipedout, the force is in a state of disproportion. There is no equal opposing force to counter the Jedi. Therefore it seems that Vader first brought balance by becoming a Sith and helping wipeout the Jedi (Leaving a msater and apprentice for both sides) and then brought it again into disproportion by eliminating the Sith. Real world example: During the Cold War, there was a balance between the superpowers. Once Russia crumbled, it left a void. The United States has now become the overwhelmingly powerful state, causing the world powers to become disproportionate. Have you ever heard of the term 'mutually assured destruction'? This is a form of balance. It is argued that without this concept, nuclear war would be a more viable option. Another real world example: When the Americans were the only ones with The Bomb there was a gross imbalance in world military power. Now that other countries have The Bomb, there is an uneasy balance. So now that there are no Sith to present an equal and opposing force to the Jedi, the force is out of balance again. It is time for all you naysayers to concede.